To say people are passionate about Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning is an understatement. The blend—black and white sesame seeds, sea salt flakes, poppy seeds, and minced garlic—is a cult favorite for a reason. In the flick of a wrist, it transforms a bland dish into something flavorful. Eggs, fish, chicken, even waffles…the possibilities are endless. What could be better? Dukkah, according to Trader Joe’s VP of marketing Matt Sloan.
On the latest episode of his podcast, Inside Trader Joe’s, Sloan goes so far as to say it’s even better than Everything But The Bagel seasoning. Bold words, my friend. Bold words. “I think dukkah is a better product,” he says. “I think dukkah is more versatile, less salty, and has far more interesting flavors.”
If you’ve never heard of dukkah, it’s a blend—similar to the Everything seasoning—made of nuts and spices, typically sesame seeds, coriander, curcumin, salt, and pepper. The inclusion of the curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) mean that this spice blend contains anti-inflammatory properties.
How to use Trader Joe’s dukkah
1. Cooked with Green beans
“[With] just simple preparation, green beans tossed with the dukkah, is just a whole new version of kind of boring green beans that are delicious,” says Sloan.
2. Blended with olive oil
3. Add it to hummus
The bloggers behind healthy cooking blog Cookie+Kate love using dukkah in this way because it adds some crunch to an otherwise creamy dip.
4. Topping off cauliflower
Steamy Kitchen blogger Jaden Hair loves giving roasted cauliflower a bit of a kick with dukkah. What’s so great about cauliflower is that it’s essentially a blank canvas, so this is a way to really savor the spice blend.
5. crust chicken with it
Breaded chicken isn’t always healthy, but you can coat it with dukkah like Smitten Kitchen blogger Deb Perelman does, and it’s even more flavorful than traditional recipes.
Here’s what you need to know about turmeric:
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